The Pacers season has largely been able to avoid major injury to date and we hope that continues. Other than a few weeks for Tyrese Haliburton, much of the core has continued to be on the floor besides minor aches and pains.
However, the Pacers now have one player who is out for the season in Kendall Brown. Brown underwent surgery to repair a tibia stress fracture on Tuesday.
The report is that Brown will be out the rest of the season. So what does this mean for the Indiana Pacers?
In the short term? Not much.
Brown had not gotten much playing time with the team this season and had primarily been playing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In the G League he had been averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds per game in 25 minutes. Those numbers clearly aren’t going to blow anybody away, especially in the context of the G League.
What it means in the long term for the Pacers
Again, it has yet to be seen. Brown has largely disappointed this seasons, which is okay, given that he was a later second round pick. Ultimately, not much is expected to become of Brown as a rotational player and he isn’t surprising anyone in the G League.
Typically you are able to identify players that are definitely NBA caliber as they dominate within the ranks of the G League. Unfortunately that has not been the case for Brown this year. It remains to be seen if Brown has significant room for growth in the coming years, but as of now, we don’t expect Brown to play a significant role in the future plans of the Pacers.
We wish him the best and speediest of recoveries and hopefully he is able to see a big jump in his performance when we returns for his sophomore season next year (whoever that might be with).